Twelve-Years Ago (29-July-2007) — Colorado

Summertime Nature in Colorado. Arapaho National Wildlife Preserve.

While visiting Arapaho National Wildlife Preserve in central Colorado, I heard what I thought was a hummingbird. But when I finally saw it discovered that it was a very large White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata). It was feeding on the Purple Nettle Flowers. It never landed, and kept flying while feeding, and thus the hummingbird sound of rapidly flapping wings. I’ve been told that the large catepillars that the Sphinx Moth come from are voratious eaters that farmers hate.

Hummingbird Moth (also known as the White-lined Sphinx Moth, Hyles lineata). It is as large as a real hummingbird. Extracting nectar from a Nettle Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs Camera and 70-200 mm lens with a 1.7x Teleconverter. (ISO 100, 340 mm, f/4.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Hummingbird Moth (also known as the White-lined Sphinx Moth, Hyles lineata). It is as large as a real hummingbird. Extracting nectar from a Nettle Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs Camera and 70-200 mm lens with a 1.7x Teleconverter. (ISO 100, 340 mm, f/4.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Eleven-Years Ago (01-June-2008) — Colorado

Springtime Nature in Colorado.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens + TC-E II 20 teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5. The Male Broad-tailed Hummingbirds arrive first in the spring to define their territories.  Spring comes late at nearly 9000 feet to Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. You hear the hummingbirds long before you finally see them (even with the car windows closed).

Male Broad-tailed Humming Bird at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens + TC-E II 20 teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Male Broad-tailed Humming Bird at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens + TC-E II 20 teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)

Eleven-Years Ago (26-February-2008) — Colorado

Road Scholar “Photography in the Southwest” Workshop Day 2. Silver Efex Pro 2.

There is an underground Kiva at Kelly Place in Cortez, Colorado. On our second day of the Road Scholar/Elderhostel workshop the owner of Kelly Place allowed us to enter the Kiva for a photo session. He burned some sage to create smoke to create this image. The first image was converted to B&W using Silver Efex Pro 2. The second image is the original RAW image processed with Capture One Pro 6. Lighting for this image is sunlight coming in through the roof entry and a gold reflector.

Kiva Sunbeam. Kelly Place, Cortez Colorado. Elderhostel "Southwest Photography" Workshop Day 2. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 20 mm, f/4, 1/50 sec). Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)
Kiva Sunbeam. Kelly Place, Cortez Colorado. Elderhostel “Southwest Photography” Workshop Day 2. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 20 mm, f/4, 1/50 sec). Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)
Kiva Sunbeam. Kelly Place, Cortez Colorado. Elderhostel "Southwest Photography" Workshop Day 2. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 20 mm, f/4, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Kiva Sunbeam. Kelly Place, Cortez Colorado. Elderhostel “Southwest Photography” Workshop Day 2. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 20 mm, f/4, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Eleven-Years Ago (25-February-2008) — Colorado

Road Scholar “Photography in the Southwest” Workshop Day 1. Kelly Place & Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.

The first full day of an Road Scholar/Elderhostel photography workshop at Kelly Place — a Bed & Breakfast near Cortez, Colorado. This is a great location in McElmo Canyon, quiet and remote. It borders Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. I was attending the workshop with my Father and Brother. I went out on my own in the morning to take some pictures of Sleeping Ute mountain. After lunch walked around the site to look at some of the historical buildings and then went for a short hike into Canyon of the Ancients National Monument which is right next to Kelly’s Place. After it got dark, I set up a camera to take some star trail images.

Sleeping Ute Mountain and moon panorama on an early winter morning at Kelley's Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 20 mm, f/16, 1/1.7 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sleeping Ute Mountain and moon panorama on an early winter morning at Kelley’s Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 20 mm, f/16, 1/1.7 sec). (David J Mathre)
Window looking out at Sleeping Ute Mountain and wood ladder to the Kiva at Kelley's Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens and interior fill flash (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Window looking out at Sleeping Ute Mountain and wood ladder to the Kiva at Kelley’s Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens and interior fill flash (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Wood ladder to the underground Kiva at Kelley's Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/11, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Wood ladder to the underground Kiva at Kelley’s Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/11, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sleeping Ute Mountain and red back-hoe on an early winter morning at Kelley's Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 22 mm, f/16, 1/10 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sleeping Ute Mountain and red back-hoe on an early winter morning at Kelley’s Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 22 mm, f/16, 1/10 sec). (David J Mathre)
Weeds with morning dew on at Kelley's Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 130 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Weeds with morning dew on at Kelley’s Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 130 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Old tree on a hill at Kelley's Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Old tree on a hill at Kelley’s Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Juniper berries at Kelley's Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/11, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Juniper berries at Kelley’s Place near Cortez, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/11, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)



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Eleven-Years Ago (24-February-2008) — Colorado

Road Scholar “Photography in the Southwest” Workshop Day 0. Mesa Verde National Park.

I wasn’t sure that I would be able to make the trip from Boulder to southwestern Colorado because of a winter storm that passed through during the previous days. The roads were clear, and there were not many vehicles on the road. I made it to Mesa Verde National Park in time to meet my father and brother before attending an Road Scholar/Elderhostel photography workshop. It was still snowing when I arrived at the National Park.

Winter panorama in Colorado from Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/11, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Winter panorama in Colorado from Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/11, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Spruce Tree House cliff dwelling in the winter. Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-300 mm VR lens (ISO 360, 50 mm, f/8. 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Spruce Tree House cliff dwelling in the winter. Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-300 mm VR lens (ISO 360, 50 mm, f/8. 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mesa Verde National Park winter panorama. Composite of 10 images taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/4.5, 1/200 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the composite generated using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Mesa Verde National Park winter panorama. Composite of 10 images taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/4.5, 1/200 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the composite generated using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Square Tower House cliff dwelling. Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/4.5. 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Square Tower House cliff dwelling. Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/4.5. 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Cliff Palace in the winter. Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 270 mm, f/5.3, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Cliff Palace in the winter. Mesa Verde National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 270 mm, f/5.3, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)